THE Transport Workers' Union has slammed Campbell Newman's plans to play political games with Queensland roads, with the LNP openly admitting that their road and transport infrastructure funding promises will only go ahead if they sell Queenslanders' assets.
"Newman has no right to tell Queenslanders that we have to choose between our roads and our assets. Roads are not optional. We choose another option: to send him packing," TWU QLD Secretary Peter Biagini said.
"Transport Workers and all Queenslanders deserve better. Our roads are already in damage control with urgent upgrades needed now and not conditional on the sale of assets.
"Queenslanders have already told Newman we don't want our assets sold - with 80% of Queenslanders saying do not sell them. He ignored us.
"He won't sell them quickly and if he does he'll be selling them at rock bottom price. There's no massive market for major public assets: it's not something you can put on ebay.
"The bottom line is Newman is not building any roads or fixing the roads that need to be fixed. His empty promises are not good enough for transport workers and not good enough for Queenslanders. Queenslanders deserve better."
Throughout its shameful life this LNP government has failed on all counts when it comes to our transport and transport infrastructure.
Newman's LNP government has:
• Shut down Queensland airline Skytrans by taking away the government contract and giving it to a larger interstate operator.
• Ripped $40 million out of Queensland bus services, cutting services for the travelling public.
• Have never even pretended to have a plan when it comes to our state's road infrastructure and now they're saying they won't pay for any road infrastructure until they sell our assets. And that's when they're on their best behaviour now it is election time.
"You can't trust Campbell Newman when it comes to our state's transport and infrastructure.
"Transport workers deserve better and all Queenslanders deserve better."
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